Quit smoking in 100 days
using the power of Twitter.
If you are interested in quitting smoking by participating in this study, please read the information below, determine if you qualify, and contact us.
Are you ready to quit smoking? Do you also love to text or tweet?
This may be the perfect answer for you! The University of California Irvine is conducting a study to explore whether or not small Twitter support groups can help people quit smoking in as little as 100 days.
Have a craving? Tweet about it. Had a good day? Tweet about it. The more you tweet, the more the others in the group can benefit from or support you. Who knows? You might even make some new friends along the way.
Twitter-enabled Mobile Messaging for Smoking Relapse Prevention
University of California Irvine
University of California Irvine
This research study aims to examine whether Twitter-enabled peer interaction via web, mobile application, or SMS text can help smokers quit and avoid relapses.
While past research shows that face-to-face peer interaction has proved to be a strong source of support for smokers who want to quit, this study aims to open more channels of communication among smokers using social media networks. By using the modern, break-through technologies of the virtual and mobile world, the goal is to expand the availability and accessibility of social support resources for smokers during the most trying phases of quitting smoking.
Since this study is designed to explore the social networking benefits of online and mobile peer interaction, no physical location is set for treatment. Participants will be broken up in to 2 groups. Both groups will receive a free 8 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide via the web to aid them with quitting smoking.
You will be randomly assigned to a group.
You will be asked to set a quit date that you will work towards.
You will be given 8 weeks of free nicotine patches and 6 weeks of free nicotine gum to use during the study.
Depending on your group assignment, you will do one of the following for the 100 day intervention.
Participants will be asked to set a quit date, receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Patches and Gum as well as be given access to SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.
Participants will be asked to send at least one group message to about 24 fellow Twitter group members (via text, mobile app, or Twitter website) daily for the entire period of the intervention (100 days). Participants will also be asked to set a quit date, receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Patches and Gum as well as be given access to SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.
Women will randomly be allocated to either a Twitter coed group, Twitter women's only group, or Control group.
*Level of social activity and time commitment will be based on which group the participant is randomly assigned to.
In addition to two screening surveys, participants will be asked to complete surveys at 1, 2, 3, and 6 months into the trial. Each survey will be administered online and will take approximately 3 minutes to complete. Additionally participants may be asked to mail in a AcuTest NicAlert Saliva Test at the 3 and 6 month marks. $15 compensation will be provided for each test as well as for the 3 and 6 month follow-up surveys (up to a total of $60).